GatewayJFK (formerly known as the JFK IBID) is where logistics and cargo, hotel, food service, retail, other industries, and a lively community, call home. We are a Business Improvement District in Southeast Queens that is home to over 600 businesses and 150 single family households. Our mission is to create a space in New York where the air cargo businesses can expand, thrive and be a good neighbor.

City Council Passes Sign Law: No Fines for 2 Years

In January the NY City Council passed a law to update the code for signs on businesses that will help keep the cost of signage violations under control. The law, also known as the Awnings Act will:
  • Create a 2-year moratorium on new fines for signage
  • Rescind all outstanding signage fines
  • Give businesses that have already paid fines a discount on future signage permits
  • Reduce the fees for signs and awning permits going forward
The bill also requires that City agencies work together to create a new education program that will make sure business owners understand the laws and regulations about signs.

If you currently have a violation and haven’t paid the penalty, you are no longer obligated to do so.

Businesses with outstanding violations have 2 years to resolve the violation without paying a fine. Additionally, according to the new law, the City now has an obligation to help show you how to get your signs into compliance.

If you have an outstanding signage violation, if you have recently paid a signage fine, and/or if you would like more information please contact GatewayJFK will be happy to guide you through the process and connect you to a City agency that can help.

Traffic Study Underway!

In January, GatewayJFK began working with the engineering firm Philip Habib & Associates (PHA) on Phase 1 in the development of a comprehensive transportation plan.
The plan will look at all of the ways our businesses, employees and residents use the local streets and it will make recommendations on ways we can improve mobility, help traffic congestion, improve safety for pedestrians and vehicular traffic, find solutions to truck circulation and overnight parking, and improve employee and residential parking. In February PHA will be conducting a survey and looking for input from people who live, work, and own a business in the area.

Buy a Banner on Rockaway Blvd.

GatewayJFK is seeking sponsors for our banner program.
Each sponsor will have their company logo will be displayed for one full-year on the lower portion of the banner as per NYC DOT regulations. Our sponsorship prices are competitive. Sponsoring a single banner will cost $1000.00, and sponsoring 3 or more banners will cost $750.00 per banner.
GatewayJFK is a 501 c3 not for profit organization and all sponsorships are tax-deductible. The revenue from your banners will go to support beautification efforts in the community.
75 Locations are available along a highly trafficked area of Rockaway Blvd. between Baisley Blvd. and 183rd St. Your logo will make 57,000+ daily impressions if located in the southern section of our district (between Farmers Blvd. and 183rd St.) and 24,000+ Daily Impressions if located in the northern section of our district (between Baisley Blvd. and Farmers Blvd.).
If you’re interested in taking advantage of this opportunity please contact Scott Grimm-Lyon the Executive Director of GatewayJFK at 516-730-3400 or by email at

Tree Lighting Brings Together Business & Residential Community.

On Saturday Dec. 22nd 2018 GatewayJFK joined the United Neighbors Civic Assn. and the Spring Jam Civic Assn. to host a tree lighting event at the Burger King at 154-05 Rockaway Blvd. The event was cosponsored by Ruth Settles at Exit Realty All City,, and Burger King. 
The event drew a crowd of 60 people on a cold and windy day for signing and photos with Santa Claus in his sleigh. Toys were collected and donated to families at local homeless shelters. The event organizers hope this will become an annual tradition for the neighborhood. 


CD13 Economic Development team tours 

Members of he Community District 13 Economic Development Committee (CD13) took a tour of GatewayJFK in January. Topics discussed included beautification efforts and our new sanitation contract that is providing weekly service to sweep the sidewalks, empty garbage cans, and spot clean litter and debris in the district. The BID will continue to work with CD13 into the spring to explore ways we can partner and make the area a cleaner and more attractive place for workers and residents.

To report illegal dumping or other issues that should be cleaned please report issues to our Quality of Life Web Form at

Save the Date: NYPD to hold community meeting 3/21/19 

GatewayJFK in the News

Planning Magazine - January 2019
A tour GatewayJFK gave to students from Toronto was featured in the January Issue of Planning Magazine. A publication of the American Planning Association.

Streetsblog 1/15/19
On the 5 year anniversary of the death of Airport worker Erik Johnson, Streetsblog examines the dangers of crossing the intersection at Rockaway and Farmers boulevard.
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